5.23.2012

How I'm using my flat diapers

I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all.  You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post.  This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!   

Today is day three of the flats challenge! Almost half way complete! It's been a lot of fun so far!

I'm going to share with you my favorite fold. Honestly, other than the pad fold, it's the only fold I'm using! But, hey, if it works, why change it?

I've created this image for you. This fold is basically the origami fold with one extra step at the end. I like it better than the origami because it eliminates some of the extra fabric wrapping around the thigh. You can click on the image to make it larger and easier to read.
Flat Fold Cloth Diaper Revival


Happy Anteater Fold steps:


  1. Fold your flat in half. 
  2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
  3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
  4. Flip the whole thing over.
  5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
  6. Fold in the rest of the way.
  7. Fold up your wing making the side flush with the center. Repeat on the other side.
  8. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper pin.

If you're not a visual person in the form of pictures, here's a great video showing you how to do it as well.

Tonight we have church, so I may be stuffing some flats inside a pocket for the first time. Praying the nursery workers are okay with that!


Updated March 21, 2017

5 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!!!! Happy Anteater!!! That is too cute! This is how I fold my flats but I just thought it was still the origami fold!!! I keep learning new great things today!

    I hope you don't mind that I am going to link to this post since you already have the great visual (I too am of the if it work... philosophy ^_^)

    Thanks Jenny ^___^

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    1. You can absolutely link up! I wish I could take the credit for the fold! I used to just do the origami fold and found this fold just recently!

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  2. I do that with my origami folds too! I find that it really helps seal the the legs.

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  3. I've been seeing the Happy Anteater version of the Origami Fold everywhere! Just curious, do you tuck in the corners that are sticking up before or after you put the diaper on your baby? I keep meaning to try it out because I can't jelly-roll the legs in well enough on the origami fold but I keep forgetting.

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    1. I pull them around the waist at the front. I'll post a pic tonight!

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